Spencer's hat trick helps Bison defeat Valiants, 5-4

HARRISVILLE, R.I. – Junior Ian Spencer recorded the first hat trick of his collegiate career to lift the Nichols College men's ice hockey team to a 5-4 win over Manhattanville College in non-conference men's ice hockey action Saturday afternoon at Levy Rink.
 
Senior captain Scott Cuthrell picked up two assists as 11 different NC student-athletes notched at least one point in the contest. Meanwhile, Spencer – a defenseman from Hawthorne, N.J. – joined teammates J.B. Baker, Vincent Crivello, and Oliver Arnberg as Bison who have scored three goals in a game this season.
 
Freshman netminder Henry Burns came off the bench in the second period and stopped 18 of 19 shots to record his fourth win of the season and backstop the NC comeback. At the other end of the ice, junior Tyler Feaver stopped 21 shots as the Valiants suffered their second-straight defeat.
 
The Bison led 2-1 after 20 minutes of play behind goals from sophomore Nicholas Mangone 5:45 into the contest and Spencer with 22 seconds left in the period. The two schools combined for five goals in the opening 9:45 of the second period, which ended with NC holding a 5-3 lead. The Valiants scored the first two goals of the stanza to grab a 3-2 lead before senior Chris Deming's third goal in two games and fifth of the season tied the game at three at 8:35.
 
Less than a minute later, a pair of Manhattanville student-athletes were accessed minor penalties, giving Nichols a 5-on-3 for two minutes. Spencer scored two goals in a span of 25 seconds on the PP to give the Bison a two-goal lead. Sophomore Ryan Jackson's fifth goal of the season with the extra attacker at 19:02 of the third made it a one-goal game; he finished with a goal and an assist for the Valiants.
 
Nichols went 2-for-4 with the man advantage while Manhattanville was 1-for-4 and outshot the Bison 33-26.
 
All-Time Series
This evening's contest marked the eighth all-time meeting between Nichols College and Manhattanville College. Nichols is now 2-0-2 in the last four meetings with the Valiants, but still trails the series 2-4-2.  
 
Quotes
"The message at the start of the game was to execute our game plan better than they do. Our first 40 minutes were as good as we've played all season. We knew special teams would make a difference in this one and we did a good job in that area." – Nichols head coach Parker Burgess
 
"Colin Brennan has bailed this team out many times. There were probably a couple he'd like to have back (today), but at the end of the day, the boys picked him up. He (Colin) does a lot for this team and we got a spark when we put Burns in there." – Burgess, on changing goaltenders in the second period
 
"Ian has been really good. Getting a hat trick as a d-man doesn't happen every day. He's developing as a leader and is focused on the back end first and being strong defensively. From there, it's led to some offensive opportunities." – Burgess, on the play of defenseman Ian Spencer this season
  

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